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Milligan Honoured To Be Leading Blues Out For The First Time This Saturday

31 July 2019

Just before the 2019/20 season opener against Coventry City, new club captain Mark Milligan gave his thoughts on the game ahead as a whole.

Milligan is set to make is full Southend United debut this weekend and the Australian national team captain will be donning the captain's armband in League One for the first time this season. 

The Aussie talks about how important it is to get off to a good start and show everyone the hard work the team has put in through pre-season. 

On it being the first week of the new season…  

We’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last couple of weeks and to get down to it this weekend is good, the reason why you work so hard is for this first game of the season and I think it’s very important for us to start well.

On putting all the work completed in pre-season into practise against Coventry…

It’s going to be a tough test for us, especially away from home. We’ve had a little look at them, and we’ve put our focus towards the way that they do things and how we can combat that and impose ourselves on the game. It’s important to start well and this week has really been about tidying things up and being in the best shape possible for Saturday.

On his first chance to get a taste of English football this Saturday at St Andrew’s…  

It’s a very good match to be involved in first, as I said it will be a good test which we’re looking forward to. We know nothing this season is going to come easy, but we need to start well, and we want to make sure with such a long season ahead that we can get into good habits early on.  

On leading the team out as captain and helping the team with his experience…  

We have a wonderful group of boys at the club, they’ve been very receptive during pre-season and their willingness to learn is very good. To be able to lead them out this weekend is an honour, it’s going to be my first time in English football and to be given that responsibility is no mean feat. I just want to make sure that I put my best foot forward, I like to try and lead by example and hopefully I can do that as captain.  

On how important it is for everyone to give everything…  

We’ve been working hard on how we want to do things, but you still need to earn that, you still need to be able to earn the right to impose your game on the match. I think that’s something we definitely have in this group, as I said their willingness to work is great and it’s very important that’s the minimum starting point on the weekend.  

On the importance how having a large number of Southend fans travelling to Birmingham for the match…  

The number isn’t just crucial for this weekend but the whole season. I’ve seen the importance of fans all through my career and with good support behind you it can definitely make a difference. A lot of them will be making the trip to Birmingham and it will be very much appreciated.

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